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McTelvin Agim C/O 2016 Spotlight

Photo courtesy of the Hope Star

Success came early and quite often for Hope High School (Hope, AR) defensive end McTelvin Agim.

In the 2013-14 season, Agim racked up 81 total tackles, 20 sacks, 36 tackles for loss, blocked six punts, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble for a touchdown. He was named to the Arkansas Class 5A All-State Team and earned a host of accolades from several local newspapers. Not too shabby for his first year of varsity football.

His impressive sophomore season quickly made him a popular name in the recruiting circuit, as he has already pulled in offers from Arkansas, Baylor, Clemson and Ole Miss.

“It was amazing when I first got my offer from Arkansas; I was so excited,” Agim said. “My coaches told me that if I stayed in the weight room and stayed in the books, then I could go somewhere, so I just kept working hard. I actually got the Arkansas and Baylor offer in the same day; that was so exciting and a rush for me. I had to try to keep it all in because I still had two periods left in school when I got the news. The Clemson offer came later; I was actually working out at the time. That motivated me to keep grinding and keep going hard. The Ole Miss offer was also big for me because it came out of nowhere. One of the recruiters there always said to ‘Win the Day.’ I really liked that because I’d never heard it before. It really stuck with me.”

At 6’3, 245 pounds, Agim already has a solid frame to play defensive end or linebacker at the next level. He runs a 4.6 40, and his quickness is evident on the field. He’s strong, fires off the line well, has excellent field awareness and is an all-around nightmare for offensive coordinators.

Agim transferred to Hope in the middle of his freshman year. In the months leading up to his sophomore season, he earned the respect of his teammates and a starting spot on the Bobcat defensive line.

“I feel like God put me at Hope for a reason,” Agim said. “I’ve really gotten a chance to better myself here and put myself on the map. I feel like I have the right coaches to help me here. When I first got here, I was benching a 45 on the bar. Now, I’m up to 300, so I feel like I’ve really increased my strength and my physical abilities. I looked up to some of the older guys on defense, and they really motivated me and pushed me to keep working and stay in the weight room.”

Agim is also a stud off the field, sporting a 3.5 GPA. He noted that academics will come into play when deciding where he’ll take his talents for college. Early playing time is another factor that will weigh in on his decision.

With two years of high school left, Agim can expect to have many more schools send offers his way. A host of programs are already showing interest, but there are some that currently stand out on Agim’s list.

“I like Arkansas because they looked at me before I even played any varsity football,” he said. “Baylor runs a great program, and I like Auburn because it’s a good school and they’re a national championship contender.”

He also mentioned Oklahoma as being his dream school. He noted that he’s always been a fan of the Sooners and would love to have a chance to play for Bob Stoops.

The sophomore standout attended the invite-only Rivals Camp at Dallas in early March, and trips to camps at Ole Miss, Auburn, LSU and Baylor are just a few stops that he has planned for this summer.

The journey is just beginning for Agim, who has football in his future plans for many years to come.

“This is how I plan to feed my family when I get older,” Agim said. “Things weren’t always the best for us when I was growing up, and that humbled me. God always watched over me and my family and let me know that I have a purpose in this world, so that just drives me more. My mom has been busting her back for me since forever, so I want to give back to her and the people that helped me along the way. I play hard for my family and God. That’s what drives me.”

Get used to hearing the Agim’s name. His path of success could make him one of the top recruits out of the entire 2016 class.

McTelvin Agim Sophomore Highlights: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/o/2628324/highlights/116035375

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